Denver airport in line for new ground radar system |

Denver airport in line for new ground radar system

DENVER (AP) ” Denver International Airport is in line for an upgrade to the ground radar system that warns traffic controllers of potential runway collisions, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The current system can leave blind spots, but it was not immediately clear if that was a factor in two recent near-collisions at the airport.

A United Airlines plane came within 200 feet of a snowplow on a runway last week, and a Frontier flight had to abort a landing in early January because a small plane was on the same runway the Frontier jet was approaching.

There were no injuries in either case. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating both.

The Denver airport is expected to a new ground radar system by March 2009, FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer said. The new system will require all ground vehicles at the airport to have transponders that receive and transmit locator signals, Kenitzer said.

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